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From 74 degrees to a foot of snow: Northeast US braces for storms after record-breaking warmth

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 1/14/2020 John Bacon, USA TODAY
a group of people flying kites in a park: Andrew Holmes, of Boston, center,walks his 8-year-old cockapoo "Franklin" along a path in the Boston Common, in Boston, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, during unseasonably warm weather. © Steven Senne, AP Andrew Holmes, of Boston, center,walks his 8-year-old cockapoo "Franklin" along a path in the Boston Common, in Boston, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, during unseasonably warm weather.

The record-breaking warm weather that swept across the Northeast last weekend was fast becoming a distant memory Tuesday as the region braced for storms poised to dump a foot or more of snow in some areas.

Temperatures across the Northeast soared 30 degrees or more above normal. Boston reached temperatures Sunday never seen in January since they began charting such things almost 150 years ago.

Mother Nature giveth and taketh away: It snowed Monday.

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"Talk about going from summer back to #winter in a day!" the National Weather Service in Boston tweeted. "Boston went from an all-time January record high of 74°F yesterday to light snow this morning!"

Winter will grow more real as the week progresses. AccuWeather says a couple weak systems will spread modest amounts of snow across upstate New York and northern New England into Wednesday. A second storm is forecast to drive snow or a wintry mix from parts of Pennsylvania into southern New England late Wednesday night into Thursday. 

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Those storms will set the table for the weekend, when a larger storm out of the Midwest slams into a new batch of cold air in the East. 

"The weekend storm may bring the most substantial wintry precipitation of the season so far for parts of the Northeast," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Eric Leister said Tuesday.

Some Midwestern cities could see Friday travel plans blown up by ice and snow. Flight delays and interstates across the east from Virginia north could see chaos by Saturday.

Snow will transition to ice and rain from northern Virginia to southeastern New York at the storm's peak, with up to a few inches of wintry mix likely for parts of the mid-Atlantic region, AccuWeather says. 

New York City is on the edge, with an all-out snowstorm possible or snow-to-ice-to-rain event. Parts of the Appalachians and New England could see a foot or more of snow, AccuWeather says.

Boston will ride the edge of the temperature line. Gentler temps could bring only a couple inches to the city, but if cold air hangs on the city could be greeted with a foot of snow.

"It's a tricky forecast at this stage," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek said. "Timing (will determine the) primary form of precipitation."

Upper New England and parts of northern New York could see a "blockbuster" storm, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

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